Maita (まいた Maita?), also known as Stoner or Boris, is a recurring enemy in the Bubble Bobble series. Maitas appear as an enemy in most Bubble Bobble games, and the species has a recurring role as a playable character in the Bust-A-Move series.
Maitas are small ghost-like creatures clad in white robes. They have prominent red eyes and blue feet, as well as black faces, which may be due to the shadow from their hoods.
Maitas' main form of attack is conjuring and throwing boulders at their opponent. They have also been shown to be able to levitate briefly, as shown in some of their appearances in the Bust-A-Move series. Additionally, in Super Puzzle Bobble, the playable Maita is seen transforming to and from an owl.
Maitas make their first appearance in Chack'n Pop as an enemy that enforces the game's time limit. During each round, a Maita appears at the top of the stage, pushing a boulder towards the exit to the stage. If the player runs out of time, five more Maitas will appear, pushing the boulder into the exit and causing the player to lose a life.
Maitas reappear as a common enemy in Bubble Bobble. They walk back and forth, pushing boulders at the player if they approach them. Two giant Maitas appear on Round 96, carrying Betty and Patty to the bottom of the Cave of Monsters.
Maitas reappear in Rainbow Islands as enemies in the game's final world, Bubble Island. They behave similarly to their appearance in Bubble Bobble.
Maitas return in Parasol Stars, appearing in only in the final world, the Underworld. They behave similarly to their appearances in Bubble Bobble and Rainbow Islands. In this appearance, they have green eyes instead of red ones.
Maitas appear again in Bubble Bobble Junior, shooting projectiles resembling the planet Saturn instead of the boulders utilized in their previous appearance. This is likely due to the limitations of the Game Boy, since the system's black-and-white display may have made it difficult to properly render a boulder using sprites.
A Maita appears as the second opponent in Vs. Mode in the SNES version of Bust-A-Move. They also appear inside of the white bubbles in all versions of the game.
A Maita is the eighth opponent in Bust-A-Move 2's story mode. It is fought in Rastan's Forest.
A Maita is a playable character in Super Puzzle Bobble. It can be chosen to join Bub and Chack'n to stop the Time Eaters. Super Puzzle Bobble's promotional flyer states that the Maita appearing in the game is an old friend of Bub's who used to be his enemy. He apparently enjoys being entertained, and came to Pao Pao Island for that reason.
Maitas appear once again in Classic Bubble Bobble, acting identically to their appearance in Bubble Bobble Junior. They have bluish-grey robes in this game. The boss of the Grave Area is a giant Maita known as Jam.
A Maita is a playable character and opponent in Bust-A-Move Millennium. In Story Mode, it is fought in the Ghost Tower.
A Maita is a playable character in Puzzle Bobble Pocket. It appears alongside several other enemies from Bubble Bobble.
A Maita is a playable character in Puzzle Bobble DS, along with other enemies from Bubble Bobble.
Maitas appear once again in Bubble Bobble Revolution. The seventh boss is the Maita Mech, a boulder-throwing mecha controlled by three Maitas. In this game, they lack feet and have a small flame in front of them.
Maitas appear on Bubble Island once again in Rainbow Islands Revolution. They act identically to their appearance in Rainbow Islands.
Maita is the only playable character from Puzzle Bobble Pocket who does not return in Bust-A-Move Deluxe, appearing only in a cameo.Giant Maita, who creates colored boulders that only one of the three dragons can break.
Maitas appear yet again in Bubble Bobble Plus!, acting identically to their appearance in Bubble Bobble. A new variant known as Wraith appears in Arrange Mode.
A Maita is the second opponent encountered in Vs. Mode in Bust-A-Move Plus!.
A Maita appears in Bust-A-Move Islands as a playable character than can be obtained from the game's summon feature. In this game, Maitas are shown wearing yellow capes, a feature that has not been seen in other appearances.